The 150-mile traffic jam: Motorists trapped for THREE DAYS after heavy snowfall in RussiaDrivers faced three days in freezing cold as tailbacks stretched 150 milesRussian authorities scramble rescuers and snowploughs
But many drivers say they got no help at all during ordeal
12:07 GMT, 3 December 2012
Thousands of drivers were trapped since Thursday in a huge traffic jam on a major freeway connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg, caused by heavy snowfall.
At its worst point the line of trucks stretched 150 miles, starting in the Moscow region and ending in the Tver region.
The Emergencies ministry dispatched some 175 rescuers and 100 snow-clearing vehicles in response to the heavy snowfall on the M-10.
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No end in sight: The line of vehicles stretched back 150 miles between Moscow and Tver
Desolate: Some drivers had to endure three days on the snowy stretch
Winter: The jam was caused by heavy snowfall between Moscow and St Petersburg
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Clearing: Around a hundred snow-clearing vehicles were deployed to get the roads moving
Fed up: Many drivers were critical of the reaction by emergency services
Delay: The site of the jam, which stretched from Moscow to Tver on the M-10 motorway
Though, other motorists reportedly saw rescuers handing out hot drinks and sandwiches near the city of Tver.
Some drivers were reported to have run out of fuel as they continued to run their engines for heat to endure the sub-zero conditions.
Russian roads are notoriously badly maintained and were neglected during the Soviet era, when infrastructure suffered at the expense of Cold War defence spending.